May 17, 2023
There are so many fun accomplishments in life and graduation is on the list. Graduation season is unique because often people graduating have a lot of friends graduating at the same time. Graduation season is full of grad parties and celebrations designed to give students time to congratulate one another. This is a list of graduation gift ideas for graduating high school seniors and college seniors. These ideas can be given by anyone to students and are great ideas for students to give to their friends who are also graduating.
Gift cards are always a hit with students who are graduating. It sometimes feels impersonal to give a gift card as a gift, but if you find something the student loves (especially if it’s local to Eugene), it makes the gift more personal to them. There are so many wonderful local businesses in Eugene that would be great for this (like this coffee shop or this bakery, for example) or maybe there’s a restaurant they love in Eugene. You could also get them a gift card to places like Target or IKEA if you know they are moving to a dorm or an apartment or somewhere for their next opportunity.
Another one of the graduation gift ideas is money. Money can feel like a gift without creativity but it is always appreciated by students. They are often about to start paying for college or entering the real world and money is helpful. It’s a kind gesture and something the graduates would be thankful for. If you’d like to add some extra flair to giving money as a gift, read more below.
There are so many meaningful books that would be excellent options to give as a gift. This is also a great way to give money or gift cards. You can get a book that is inspiring or has given value to you in some way in your own life and give the book along with a gift card or money to help the student start their journey.
Jewelry is one of the wonderful and thoughtful graduation gift ideas especially if you know that the student likes jewelry. If you can find a local Eugene jewelry maker, that is a thoughtful way for them to remember their time in Eugene as a student. If not, I recommend this beautiful jewelry company.
If the student likes specific activities, a gift related to that would be thoughtful and appreciated. For example, if they love to hike, a map of Oregon hikes with a water bottle or small hiking backpack is a great idea. Consider what your student loves to do in Oregon and find something that goes along with those interests. This is a great gift especially if they plan to move away from Oregon after the summer.
Often the way a gift is given adds to the fun of it. If you have gift cards or cash to give, get a potted plant and add the money or gift card. You can tie it around the pot or attach it with a clothespin. You can also give a mug with candy and a gift card or a tumbler with cash rolled up inside.
Gift certificates for photo sessions are excellent gifts because often family photos haven’t been updated for years and it’s a nice thing to do before seniors move away or college graduates start their own life somewhere. These could also be used for graduation sessions to photograph a senior in their cap and gown and celebrate their graduation before the big day when it’s harder to get all the photos you want. Contact me to talk more about gift certificates.